RESOLUTION                                           
                                                                                
  CONCERNING THE APPROVAL OF THE PARLIAMENTARY PROGRAMME OF THE                 
                         BALTIC ASSEMBLY                                        
                                                                                
     The Baltic Assembly,                                                       
     seeking to  implement the  Resolution concerning Drafting of               
the Parliamentary  Programme of  the Baltic  Assembly, adopted in               
Tallinn, on 2 December 1995 resolves:                                           
     to  approve   the  Parliamentary  Programme  of  the  Baltic               
Assembly (attached).                                                            
                                                                                
Vilnius, 13 April 1996                                                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
                 PARLIAMENTARY PROGRAMME OF THE                                 
                         BALTIC ASSEMBLY                                        
                                                                                
     The Parliamentary  Programme of the Baltic Assembly reflects               
the readiness  of the  parliamentarians of  Lithuania, Latvia and               
Estonia for  actual close  co-operation in  the co-ordination  of               
legislation of these three States and in the approximation of the               
laws to  the requirements  raised by  the European  Union in  the               
initial period of integration to the European Union.                            
     The  Parliamentary  Programme  of  the  Baltic  Assembly  is               
implemented by  the  Baltic  Assembly  with  the  accord  of  the               
parliaments  of  Lithuania,  Latvia  and  Estonia  and  with  the               
approval of the session of the Baltic Assembly.                                 
     The Parliamentary  Programme of the Baltic Assembly provides               
conditions for  the development of specific relations between the               
national parliaments,  represented by the Baltic Assembly and the               
strengthening of  co-operation with  the Nordic  Council and  the               
Benelux Consultative  Inter-parliamentary Council  in  accordance               
with the provisions of the Treaty between the Baltic Assembly and               
the Nordic  Council, signed  in Palanga on May 30, 1992,  and the               
Joint  Declaration  on  Parliamentary  Co-operation  between  the               
Baltic Assembly  and the Benelux Consultative Inter-parliamentary               
Council signed in the Hague on 8 November 1994.                                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
                 I. Objectives of the Programme                                 
                                                                                
     The basic  objective of  the Parliamentary  Programme of the               
Baltic Assembly  (PPBA) is  to co-ordinate effective laws and the               
subsequent   legislation of  Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia taking               
into account the requirements raised by the European Union.                     
                                                                                
                    II. Ways of Co-operation                                    
                                                                                
     The Parliamentary  Programme of the Baltic Assembly provides               
for:                                                                            
     1. Joint  meetings between  the committees  of the  national               
parliaments   of Lithuania,  Latvia and  Estonia and  the  Baltic               
Assembly Committees  according to the spheres of activities. Such               
meetings are held at least twice a year.                                        
     2. Broadened  meetings -  seminars to  which members  of the               
appropriate Nordic  Council and  the Benelux  Consultative Inter-               
parliamentary Council  Committees are  invited, and  in which the               
Baltic Assembly  committee members  and members  of committees of               
national parliaments participate.                                               
     3. Meeting  of the Speakers of the parliaments of Lithuania,               
Latvia and  Estonia to  which the Chairman of the Baltic Assembly               
Presidium is  invited. Such  meetings are  held at  least once  a               
                                                                                
year, when  the term  of office  of the  state presiding over the               
Baltic Assembly is nearing its completion.                                      
     4.  Meetings  of  heads  of  secretariats  of  the  national               
parliaments, heads  of legal  departments and  other  responsible               
officials. Such meetings are held at least once a year.                         
     5. Various qualification improvement forms, including short-               
term  training   programmes,  study   programmes,   exchange   of               
experience, etc.                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                      III.  Accountability                                      
                                                                                
     1. After  joint meetings  between the  Baltic  Assembly  and               
committees of  the national  parliaments,  a  appropriate  Baltic               
Assembly Committee  presents a  report  to  the  Baltic  Assembly               
Presidium.                                                                      
     The Baltic  Assembly Presidium  may recommend the report for               
the consideration  at the  Baltic Assembly.  When necessary,  the               
Presidium may recommend to the Committee to enhance or supplement               
the report.                                                                     
     2. The recommendation of the Baltic Assembly, adopted on the               
basis of  the report  of the joint meeting between the committees               
of the  national parliaments  and the Baltic Assembly Committees,               
is considered  at the national parliaments, if it is intended for               
the national parliamentarians.                                                  
     3. Heads  of Secretariats  of national parliaments, heads of               
legal departments  and other  responsible  officials  inform  the               
appropriate Baltic  Assembly Committee  about the  results of the               
meetings and shall account in the national parliaments.                         
                                                                                
                        IV. Organisation                                        
                                                                                
     1. The  activities of  the Parliamentary  programme  of  the               
Baltic Assembly  is organised  by the  Secretariat of  the Baltic               
Assembly  under   the  co-ordination  by  the    Baltic  Assembly               
Presidium.                                                                      
     2. Joint  meetings between  the committees  of the  national               
parliaments and  the Baltic  Assembly Committees  are  initiated,               
according to  the spheres  of activities,  by a  relevant  Baltic               
Assembly Committee. Such meetings, as well as the meetings of the               
responsible officials  of the national parliaments, are held upon               
mutual agreement.                                                               
     3. The  meetings of the Speakers of the national parliaments               
and the  Chairman of  the Baltic  Assembly Presidium is held upon               
agreement between the parties.                                                  
     4. Other  events provided for in the Parliamentary Programme               
of the  Baltic Assembly   takes  place with  the approval  of the               
Baltic Assembly Presidium.                                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
                          V. Financing                                          
                                                                                
     1. The  Parliamentary Programme  of the  Baltic Assembly  is               
financed  with  the  funds  of  the  Baltic  Assembly,  with  the               
exception of  the meetings  of the  Speakers of  the parliaments,               
Heads of  the Secretariats  of the national parliaments, Heads of               
the legal departments, and responsible officials.                               
     2. When  members of  other inter-parliamentary organisations               
participate in  the activities  of the Parliamentary Programme of               
the Baltic  Assembly, their participation is financed pursuant to               
the requirements  of the  documents,  if  such  documents  exist,               
regulating such participation.